InOur.Name App mixes Twitter with Politics, wins Media Mash 2012

As part of a popular New York based competition to mix apps, feeds, and data from NYC-based media companies, InOur.Name paints a solid picture of how your state legislators stand on all sorts of issues. Combining Twitter with the Congressional Research Service, it even cites specific bills and explains Congressional procedures.

Enter your zip code and issue (such as “healthcare,” “human rights,” or “veterans”), press enter, and you’re good to go.  You’ll even see your representative’s contact information, making it simple to reach out to them.

For a social-media obsessed generation that wants to make informed decisions despite heavily circulating yellow journalism, this app can only mean good things! Created by Jason Wright, a student a Cornell, the program is written in PHP with some jQuery for AJAX calls. Check out the video below and start using InOur.Name here.

 

Media Mash 2012 is sponsored by NYC Media Lab.

Rumpetroll: Interactive Website of the Week

Rumpetroll is fantastic in its utilization of social media in an interactive HTML5 environment.  Twitter users become little tadpoles who swim in an infinitely vast pond, moving by pressing their mouse and able to communicate with other twitter users they pass via typing.  Think of it as a blend of Twitter and Chat Roulette, with more user navigation and simple, straight-forward design.  Aren’t we all just tadpoles in a big pond after all?  Visit the site here.

Source: Rumpetroll